The Secret History of the Office
In a new book, the writer Nikil Saval uncovers a fascinating history in the most banal place: the office. Whether it’s the “dismal little cell” of Scrooge’s counting-house or the tricked-out, sprawling campuses of Google, Saval says the office holds the promise of respectability, utopian possibility and upward mobility. It can also be a place of soul-crushing tedium and conformity. Saval joins us Monday to explain where the office comes from, why it’s the way it is, and how it could be better.